The following are links to educational materials and opportunities that will be of value or interest to the recreational boater.
Marine Safety Publications
These Marine Safety publications are provided by the Marine Safety Directorate.
Ship Safety Bulletins
Ship Safety Bulletins provide safety information, guidelines, product warnings and instructions. The most recent publication and an archive dating back to 1977 are available. Search options include year, title, keyword and bulletin number.
The Office of Boating Safety invites recreational boaters to explore this site from Emergency – Marine search and rescue information to boater’s legal responsibilities, minimum equipment requirements to safe waterway standards and more. The online Safe Boating Guide provides a wealth of safety information. Access to course listings, licensing, legal and environmental information, relevant safety publications and information for foreign visitors is available, as are further links to safety information of interest to recreational boaters.
Why do thunderstorms form? What is El Niño? How does radar detect precipitation? These and many other subjects are covered at this site which is a teacher’s guide to Project Atmosphere Canada, a collaborative initiative of Environment Canada and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Learning and activities in a number of areas have been prepared for levels from kindergarten to grade 12. Other topics- Hazardous weather, The coriolis effect, Air-sea interaction, Clouds, High and low air pressure, Westerlies and The Jet Streams, Sunlight and Seasons, The Atmosphere Aloft, Water Vapour and The Water Cycle, Weather Satellites
Ice Codes and symbols are used extensively on ice charts. This permits the most efficient use of the limited map space available to describe sea ice and icebergs. The complete text describing ice coding can be found in the Manual of Standard Procedures for Observing and Reporting Ice Conditions (MANICE) available at the link above. The codes, standards and reference materials are also available here.
The Canadian Ice Service (CIS) has introduced new World Meteorological Organization (WMO) colour codes for the 2003-04 winter season. Beginning in December 2003 all daily and regional charts will use the new WMO colour codes.
This link will bring you to marine schools that offer marine related courses monitored by Marine Safety, Transport Canada.
The Gateway is a comprehensive, annotated, bilingual collection of web-based resources on the subject of transportation in Canada. It is intended to provide researchers, students, government and industry with convenient access to evaluated Canadian transportation research resources through a single website.
Take Action for the Environment
Canadians are facing many issues that affect not only the environment, but also our health and well being. Here are some resources to help you learn more about the causes and effects of key environmental issues in Canada, and to teach you how to take action to address them.